Library News and Resources of Senior Interest
After a difficult winter, it is great to relax with a good book and with friends. Have you thought about combining friends, relaxation and books by participating in a discussion group? Harford County Public Library staff regularly lead a number of book discussion groups throughout the county. Whether in one of our eleven branches or at a local senior / activity center, there are many options from which to choose. Find out more information by clicking “Programs for Seniors” just to the right of this paragraph,
Is it difficult to attend the existing book groups? Have you and your friends talked about what fun it would be to get together at someone’s home to talk about what you’ve read? Perhaps you are a member of a community group looking for a new activity to share. If you have thought about leading or participating in a book discussion group of your own, the library can help with that, also. “Book Groups to Go” could be the answer!
We did the work; you have the fun! You will find ten copies of a selected title, along with a book moderator’s binder in a sturdy canvas bag. These are available at the Bel Air branch or you can have one delivered to the branch of your choice for convenient pickup. “Book Groups to Go” are available for a 60-day loan (no renewals, late fines of $2.00 per day). Just click on the “Book Groups to Go” logo below to see what’s available and start planning a new summer activity!
If it has become inconvenient or difficult to read regular (or even large print) books, here are some suggestions from the library. Whether your preference is fiction or non-fiction, you can borrow these from any branch:
Recorded books on CDs: These are sets of CDs that can be played in any standard CD player. A narrator reads the book as you relax at home or travel in your car.
Digitally recorded books on Playaway: these small (2' x3”) portable players are already pre-loaded with the book. You can listen to the book while you are “on the go” or if a CD player is not available. Enjoy your book in privacy as you plug in earphones and listen to your selection.
Downloading audio books: The library provides a selection of resources if you would like to download a book to your computer, e-reader or other mobile device. You can learn about all of the library's options by visiting
Looking for information on the web? Here are some locations to visit. Check back for changes and for different sights to be highlighted periodically.
Harford County, Maryland Office on Aging:
http://www.harfordcountymd.gov/services/aging/ Here you can find information from the Harford County Government about senior centers, support services, senior living, meal programs, volunteer opportunities and more. Take some time to explore the “Caregiver's Toolkit” for a wealth of information, particularly if you are looking for guidance as you make decisions about your loved one's care.
The National Aging in Place Council
Studies have underscored what seems obvious to many: given a choice, most elders would prefer to remain in the comfort and familiarity of their own homes, rather than move to an institutional setting. The dilemma is how to safely support this choice in the face of increasing medical needs or cognitive challenges. This website helps seniors and caregivers navigate the manyconsiderations and services related to aging in place.
Some other helpful links:
Administration on Aging www.aoa.gov
Alzheimer's Association www.alz.org
Benefits Check Up www.benefitscheckup.org
Eldercare Locator www.eldercare.gov
Family Caregiver Alliance www.caregiver.org
Meals on Wheels www.mowaa.org
National Council on the Aging www.ncoa.org
Senior Living Map www.seniorlivingmap.org